This year has been all about love….

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To sum up a somewhat strangely interesting year, we’re sharing a link to the film made by Steve Pool featuring the amazing Nancy Kerr – BBC folk musician of the year – talking about Pitsmoor Adventure Playground. This was supported by professor Kate Pahl from the university of Sheffield and the Arts Humanities and Research Council’s Connected Communities programme. She describes what happens on an adventure playground in a beautiful and passionate way and that goes to show that anybody who witnesses the magic of play can be enchanted by it.   The Yorkshire Play team would like to take this […]

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Great news for Pitsmoor Adventure Playground

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  Yanina Koszalinski, chair of Pitsmoor AP, on the setting’s success in securing funds to deliver a new programme which benefitted the entire local community: ‘Funding for play can come from unusual sources. In 2014 Pitsmoor Adventure Playground, in the heart of Burngreave, received funding to promote fire safety and road safety with children and families that use the adventure playground, and with the wider community. Initial funding was £30,000 over two years from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority’s funding scheme, the Stronger Safer Communities Reserve. This was the beginning of a fruitful working relationship between Pitsmoor Adventure Playground […]

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The ABC Model to dynamic risk management – a new Play Wales publication

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‘This new guidance paper provides a summary of a detailed risk-benefit assessment that considers common but potentially hazardous play behaviours displayed by children during staffed play sessions. Play Wales, in partnership with Simon Bazley (Playful Futures), worked with Wrexham’s Play Development Team to develop an approach to behaviour based risk-benefit assessment.  Further work between the play development team and staff from The Land adventure playground has led to the development of The ABC Model for the Dynamic Risk Management of Common but Potentially Hazardous Play Behaviours. The guidance paper is intended to support dynamic risk assessment by practitioners when working […]

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Playground claim thrown out in landmark court judgement

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Thanks to Tim Gill at Rethinking Childhood for this: Posted on February 22, 2016 | A claim for compensation after a playground accident has been rejected in a precedent-setting legal case in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. The civil claim was made against the municipality of Saanich, following an accident during a game of ‘grounders’ (a chase game played on and around fixed play equipment that my daughter and her London friends would know better as ‘off-ground touch’). The accident happened in 2009 when the claimant, Rebecca Thompson, was eleven years old and had been attending a day camp […]

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50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play

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Do you believe in the power of play? When it comes to a child’s physical, emotional, and cognitive growth, nothing is more enriching and empowering than playtime. The magic of play can unfold anywhere as long as children have the freedom to unleash their imaginations – on the playground, deep in the woods, nestled in the sandbox, or inside cardboard boxes! This info-graphic from Playground Equipment provides a fun and colorful assortment of reasons to believe in the power of play and to stand up for it across the globe.  

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Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit

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  Play Wales have recently published a Developing and Managing Play Spaces community toolkit. ‘It was designed for anyone who takes responsibility for managing or developing a play space in a community. This may be a community council, local play association or a residents group.’   The toolkit is intended to provide a single source of support and signposting for community groups to navigate some of the challenges of managing or developing a play space. It is a highly comprehensive document, covering areas such as information on play space design, management and development, step-by-step guides and how it all comes under the children’s rights […]

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The 14th National Playwork conference

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It’s just a few weeks away now. There are a wealth of sessions covering the Power of Play, adventure playgrounds, Playwork Theory, Art and many other areas. For more information go to http://www.playworkconferences.org.uk/. or email them to book your place info@playworkconferences.org.

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Parks for teens: 10 features teens want to see

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In many parts of the world, park designers have turned to nature play as a way to foster connections to nature, increase social and cooperative play, and facilitate more physical activity.  In many instances, these parks are designed for pre-teen children.    Follow this link for some ideas on how to make parks for teenagers.

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Yorkshire Play Member survey

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We’d really like to know how we can better serve our members. There has been a lot of turmoil in the play world over the last few years. People’s needs have changed and we want to find out if there are things you would like from Yorkshire Play that we are not offering at the moment. If you’d like to fill in the survey you can find a copy of it online here.  

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SAPCA Guidance Note: The Legal Regulations Governing The Handling and Disposal of Synthetic Turf

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Following the first meeting last week of our Recycling Working Group there is a new Guidance Note from SAPCA on the subject of the “The Legal Regulations Governing the Handling and Disposal of Synthetic Turf Sports Surfaces”. This is a link the document: SAPCA Guidance Note on Handling & Disposal of Synthetic Turf (Ed 1, Sept 2015)

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